The rights to remake Hollywood stars Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Escape Plan — which has not even released in the country (it releases on October 18) — have already been acquired by the company that is also distrubting the film in India.
A highly placed official at the production company reveals that they have been in talks for over three months, before the deal was recently finalised.
"The adaptation process will start as early as December, and the film will probably go on the floors by mid-next year," says the official, on the condition of anonymity.
However, Deepak Sharma, chief operating officer, PVR Pictures, confirms this news. He says, "Yes, we have acquired the rights to remake Escape Plan in Hindi. Bollywood has a huge appetite for action movies, and we feel that the audience deserves to watch a true action film. We are certain that this will make for a movie that the audience will look forward to."
The film revolves around Ray Breslin (Stallone), who co-owns a company that tests the security of prisons. After he is wrongly convicted, he and his cellmate Emil Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger) plan their escape.
Although no Bollywood actors have been finalised for the two lead roles, an insider from the production claims that the makers are keen on roping in John Abraham and Akshay Kumar. "Arnold and Sylvester are the biggest action stars alive, and we want to cast someone who will be a great fit for their parts in the Hindi version," says Sharma.